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Marco Rubio AMNESTY Man

HEADLINES: MARCO RUBIO DECEIVED FLORIDA VOTERS ABOUT HIS STAND ON IMMIGRATION TO WIN SENATE SEAT

Candidate Rubio knew he would have a tough uphill fight if he was going to defeat Governor Charlie Crist. He also understood that the overwhelming majority of Floridians wanted something done to stop illegal immigration. Rubio’s own track record on enforcement was going to be an impediment to winning the election. After all, citizens across Florida were dogging him at campaign events about blocking six illegal immigration enforcement bills as Speaker. These six enforcement bills included denying public benefits to illegal aliens, denying public jobs to illegal aliens, and a memorandum of understanding between local law enforcement and federal law enforcement to remove criminal aliens. It should be noted, as a Junior State Representative, Rubio co-sponsored Representative Juan Zapata’s Dream Act bill. At that time, Representative Rubio joined the Hispanic Caucus, which would later describe these six enforcement bills as “Draconian Measures”.

Rubio’s Plan to Defeat Governor Crist

Two things happened that would set the course for a Rubio victory. The immigration issue came up and Charlie Crist said he supported amnesty. When Rubio saw the reaction of citizens to Crist’s support of amnesty, he knew all he had to do to seal the deal was take an anti-amnesty stand and he would be the next senator from Florida. After all, being anti-amnesty had worked for his predecessor, Senator Mel Martinez, who ran on an anti-amnesty platform, then went on to join Senator McCain in drafting the 2007 amnesty bill. The similarities between Martinez’s actions and Rubio has earned Rubio the nickname “Little Mel.”

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Once this new campaign strategy was formulated, it had to be implemented. First order of business would be to convince voters that he was now a pro enforcement candidate. Rubio began courting the Tea Party groups and a meeting was arranged by Shark Tank Blogger Javier Manjarres with the leaders of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement. This group had been instrumental in promoting the six pro-enforcement bills and had put the word out about Rubio blocking the bills.

Attending that hour-long meeting were FLIMEN's VP David Caulkett, FLIMEN's Legislative Director Jack Oliver, FLIMEN Board Member John Parsons, Tea Party of Fort Lauderdale Leader, Danita Kilcullen, and a concerned local activist.  At that meeting, Rubio listened to our concerns, and then assured us that he would oppose any form of legalization. This included the Dream Act and Amnesty.  Candidate Rubio also pledged to support E-Verify.

Rubio’s message to voters was clear, he would not support any form of legalization because amnesty didn’t work. Now he’s insulting his constituents and all Americans by saying this current bill is not amnesty. Don’t just take our word on Rubio’s 2009-2010 message to Floridians, hear it from Candidate Rubio in this taped interview from the Shark Tank.

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Marco Rubio and the “Culture of Corruption”

Michelle Malkin coined the phrase “Culture of Corruption “in her book about Obama. The term is also fitting when discussing Marco Rubio's career. There’s big money to be had by all involved in the movement to flood America with cheap labor, both illegal and legal. And there is always plenty of money flowing from these businesses into the campaign chest of politicians, plus that golden parachute waiting at retirement to loyal politicians that play ball. Since 2007 there has been a tsunami of money flowing into Washington for amnesty. Business interests have put $1.5 billion dollars that we know about into this push for cheap labor. Jennifer Horn, who was President George W. Bush's director of Hispanic and Women's Affairs during the 2007 negotiations summed things up with this "There's two things that speak to elected officials: one is money, and the other is the vote,"

Since 2007 there has also been a flood of lies and misinformation coming out about the need for more cheap labor in the country. The propaganda tool is “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. This has worked well for proponents of cheap illegal labor in the past. Remember these lies “They’re just doing jobs Americans won’t do” and “E-Verify is a flawed system.” These two lies were used to destroy American jobs in the service and construction sector. Now the drum beating is we don’t have enough workers to fill job openings. Allowing 11+ million illegal aliens to be legalized with more illegals to follow will be the final blow to the poor and middle class workers. Increasing the number of visas for science, technology, engineering and math workforce (STEM) will be devastating to new college graduates.

Billionaire Bill Gates of Microsoft kicked off the lie nationally in congressional testimony in 2007. Gates told Congress on Wednesday that the “United States should welcome an “infinite” number of high-skilled foreign workers to fill engineering, computer programming and other jobs that otherwise would go vacant.”

“Amnesty Man” Rubio’s Gang of Eight Bill is now being backed by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg’s new organization FWD.us, formed to push the Gang of Eights bill has brought on board Republican establishment insider Haley Barbour and longtime Bush aide Sally Bradshaw, Dan Senor, and Joel Kaplan.

Other major tech company leaders that are official supporters of FWD.us include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Here’s the so called conservative immigration reform message this group of liberals is funding to get the “Amnesty Man’s” message out:

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This is one full minute of lies and misrepresentation of facts. However, lying is not new to our Senator, he has a long history of lying to voters.

Now we know Senator Rubio likes to separate “Fact from Fiction” so watch this video.

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Lou discusses recent studies that prove that there is no "tech" shortage in the United States and no need for foreign workers under the often abused H-1B program. Includes clip of Bill Gates testifying before Congress asking for unlimited H-1B visas.

The claim that there is a shortage of American STEM workers available doesn’t make sense because wages have remained flat. Labor shortages always cause wages to rise until demand is met.

·     Over the past decade IT employment has gradually increased, but it only recovered to its 2000–2001 peak level by the end of the decade.

·       Wages have remained flat, with real wages hovering around their late 1990s levels.

·        For every two students that U.S. colleges graduate with STEM degrees, only one is hired into a STEM job.

·        In computer and information science and in engineering, U.S. colleges graduate 50 percent more students than are hired into those fields each year. Of the computer science graduates not entering the IT workforce, 32 percent say it is because IT jobs are unavailable, and 53 percent say they found better job opportunities outside of IT occupations. These responses suggest that the supply of graduates is substantially larger than the demand for them in industry.   Read more...

There was not a shortage of Americans to fill STEM jobs in 2007 and there is no shortage now. This is an effort to drive Americans out of the market and replace them with cheap foreign labor. Dumping cheap labor on the STEM sector will have the same effect as the Japanese dumping cheap steel in America. It drove American out of the steel industry.

Many conservatives across the country are scratching their heads wondering why self-proclaimed Reagan conservative Marco Rubio is putting forth this amnesty scheme.

The answer is simple, Rubio is not a Reagan conservative. Rubio is a Bush-like establishment RINO who believes in open borders and corporate welfare. Rubio has never been uncomfortable laying the cost of illegal immigration on taxpayers. As Speaker of the Florida House Rubio blocked 6 illegal immigration enforcement bills introduced to protect the taxpayers of Florida. The result of Rubio’s actions are still being felt today. To date, Floridians have paid over 25 billion dollars to educate, medicate, and incarcerate illegal aliens and hundreds of thousands of Floridians remain unemployed while illegal aliens go to work.  Being a puppet for Chamber of Commerce and businesses that use illegal labor has served Rubio well. Groomed by Jeb Bush and funded by Karl Rove’s PAC, Rubio has skyrocketed from the State House, to the Senate, with eyes on the White House in 2016.

 Marco Rubio “Jeb Bush’s Apprentice”

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Rubio has attained a rock star status and has been touted as the Republican Party savior. Rubio isn’t a conservative or a Republican savior. His actions will fracture the Republican base, increase Democrat voting rolls, and end any chances of Republicans regaining the White House or Senate. Amnesty spells defeat in the future for all Republican candidates. Granting amnesty to 11+ million illegal aliens that fall in the working poor classification will increase welfare rolls and add to everyone’s  tax burden.  To understand Rubio’s motivation we need to explore where this rising Republican star came from.

Rubio’s political career actually started in 1996 in a Miami coffee shop when he interviewed for a job to work on the Dole campaign. Al Cardenas, Jeb Bush’s money man, hired Rubio on the spot and was first to bring Marco Rubio to the attention of Jeb Bush. Cardenas is a longtime Republican power broker, who served three terms as Vice-Chairman and two terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Republican Party, the highest policy-making board at the Republican National Committee. He was the first Hispanic to lead a major state party and remains the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history. He has been named as one of Washington D.C.’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. It was during the Dole campaign that Rubio meet longtime friend David Rivera, who would become a state legislator and conspire with Rubio to block six immigration enforcement bills.

In 1998 Rubio ran and won a seat on the West Miami City Commission which encompasses a tiny .7 sq. miles of area with a very dense population of 5900 dominated by a Hispanic population comprising 84% of the total with Spanish being the dominant language in 87% of the households. He also married that same year a former Dolphins cheerleader and they now have four children.

On election night, the phone rang at City Hall. "It was Jeb Bush himself, calling to congratulate Marco for winning our little race," Vice Mayor Enrique Gonzalez recently told the Miami New Times.

In 1999 Rubio ran and easily won the seat in his district to the Florida legislature. Rubio has always been ambitious, working to forge alliances that would ensure his star would continue to rise.   "He had his eye on leadership from the very, very beginning, and he did all the things he needed to do," said former Rep. Renier Diaz de la Portilla, who shared an apartment with him in Tallahassee.  During the time he was there he was chosen Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House. Rubio served in the state legislature from 2000-2008 until term limited out.

 Follow the Money

I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine seems to work well for Rubio and Karl Rove, the architect of the “RINOfication” movement of the Republican Party. Rove’s political action committee American Crossroads and its sister group Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) were the brainchild of Rove and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie. These groups were among Rubio’s earliest backers, spending nearly $3 million dollars on Rubio’s 2010 Senate Race. Ads supporting Rubio from the nonprofit GPS triggered letters from two campaign finance watchdog organizations to the IRS.  They requested the IRS investigate whether GPS was violating federal tax laws pertaining to tax except nonprofit 501(c) (4) group. Another significant point is that nonprofits do not have to release the donor’s names.

The favor was soon returned when Rubio, According to a report by Bloomberg Business Weekduring a fundraising breakfast at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Rubio spoke along with Rove in front of 70 of the Republican Party's most influential donors." Helping Crossroads make their sales pitch, Rubio said it was "big news when Karl Rove sent me a check" during his Senate race. Rubio specifically praised Crossroads GPS for running ads to support him and told donors that giving to groups like Rove's was "a patriotic endeavor."

Besides dumping money Rubio’s way, Rove is never at a loss for praising Rubio, saying that “we need more Marco Rubios.” Comparing him to Ronald Reagan Rove says "he's the best communicator since Ronald Reagan." 

Rubio lied to Tea Party members in the 2010 senate race saying that he would never support amnesty. He even said Reagan made a mistake signing the amnesty, because it only caused a wave of new illegal immigration. Rove, who is at war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party said "Crossroads is second to none in our support of Tea Party candidates, we spent $2.9 million for Marco Rubio, more than any other group." Let’s be clear here, Rove isn’t’ interested in backing Tea Party candidates, he’s out to destroy the Tea Party. Remember Rove was the architect behind Bush’s let’s outspend the Democrats plan and take the spending issue away from Democrats. The Tea Party movement was formed because of reckless spending policies of Bush, designed by Karl Rove. Tea Party members across the country should remember who Rubio considers stakeholders in this illegal immigration issue. It’s not the taxpayers, Rubio won’t mind pushing the 2.6 trillion dollar price tag of amnesty on taxpayers any more than he minded sticking the 3.8 billion illegal immigration cost to Floridians when he was Speaker.

FOLLOW THE LINKS TO THE MONEY BEHIND RUBIO, HE’S GOT MORE BAGGAGE THAN A CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP!

Fuel distributor Max Alvarez, owner of a company called Sunshine State Gasoline Distributors, got a deal slipped into the state House budget by his virtual “son” Marco in 2008. He donated $7,500 to one of Rubio’s political action committees in 2003 — committees which would ultimately take in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and pave Rubio’s way to the Speakership.

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio quietly slipped tough-to-spot language in a state budget plan last week that helps a friend and political money-man bid on a major fuel contract in a $265 million turnpike overhaul proposal.

This is the second year in a row that South Florida fuel distributor Max Alvarez has relied on the man he has said is ''like a son'' to push the budget language to ensure he can more easily bid for the job.

Republican fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn, the once-powerful fundraiser who has hosted Jeb Bush in his home, whose organization gave $50,000 to Rubio’s PACs. Mendelsohn is now under indictment for tax fraud and influence peddling.

Sergio Pino, owner of Century Home Builders, who in 2000 was appointed by Jeb to serve on the state’s transportation committee. Pino gave $10,000 to Rubio’s leadership PAC, and who sits on the board of US. Century Bank, which in 2005 gave Rubio a $135,000 home equity loan on his newly purchase house in Miami, based on an appraisal well above other homes in the area — a loan Rubio then failed to disclose in his financial filings.  The bank later received more bailout money than any bank in Florida (which Rubio had no control over.)

Rubio's questionable financial judgment re-emerged just two months after his September 2005 ceremony with Jeb Bush. Back then, he owned one home, a small ranch-style place in West Miami on SW 14th Street that he'd purchased in 2003 for $175,000.

In December 2005, he bought a new, larger house a few blocks away on SW 13th Street for $550,000; he took out a $495,000 mortgage.

The fishy part: A month after Rubio purchased the home, U.S. Century Bank reappraised the house at $735,000 and then offered him a new $135,000 home equity loan that the speaker gladly accepted. U.S. Century's board of directors included Sergio Pino -- a mega developer who allied with Rubio on a key vote against slot machines -- as well as GOP lobbyist Rodney Barreto and consultant Jose Cancela. Essentially, a bank controlled by supporters printed Rubio $135K out of thin air.

Another ally, Nora Cereceda bought that West Miami house in 2007, at a time her chiropractor son, Dr. Mark Cereceda, happened to be lobbying the then-House speaker against a bill that would have eased the requirement for all Florida drivers to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Rubio had been leaning toward abolishing the coverage requirement. Nora Cereceda paid $380,000 cash for the home — earning the Rubios a $205,000 profit, even as the housing market soured. Rubio has called it an “arm’s length” transaction. He later removed the House block on the insurance provision, which allowed the state to extend the requirement that drivers carry $10,000 in PIP coverage. According to property records, the West Miami home is now worth approximately $215,000.

Ray Sansom, who preceded Rivera as Rubio’s handpicked budget chief, who succeeded him as Speaker, now sits under indictment for allegedly steering public money to a crony who wanted to build an airplane hangar, and who had arranged a college professorship for Sansom.

"Rubio is the Godfather of Tallahassee's Republican culture of corruption. As disgraced former Speaker Ray Sansom's mentor, Rubio taught Sansom how to personally benefit from bringing home the bacon. After delivering millions of tax dollars for Florida International University, Rubio turned around and got a $69,000 per year part-time job at the school... sound familiar? Unfortunately, that is only the tip of the iceberg to Rubio's ethics problems. As Speaker, Rubio was involved in countless ethics scandals revolving around sweetheart mortgages, legislative favors for big donors, highway contracts, and other shady dealings.

The $198,000 Rubio-Bovo connection

As Miami Children's and Jackson Memorial hospitals are urging legislators not to cut their state money, they have doled out a total of $198,000 to former House Speaker Marco Rubio and Viviana Bovo, the wife of state Rep. Esteban ''Steve'' Bovo, to serve as consultants.

Rubio “Really a Rags to Riches Story”

Virtually broke, the 31-year-old lawmaker began campaigning to be House speaker in 2003 and created a political committee — Floridians for Conservative Leadership — to help elect other Republican candidates and curry their support.

With his wife serving as treasurer, Rubio did not wait for the state to authorize the committee before accepting campaign donations.

The committee listed its address as Rubio’s home, a modest place he and his wife bought in West Miami in 2002, but reported spending nearly $85,000 in office and operating costs and $65,000 for administrative costs.

Over 18 months, nearly $90,000 went for political consultants, $51,000 went for credit card payments and $4,000 went to other candidates. That’s less than the $5,700 that went to his wife, Jeanette, much of it for “gas and meals.” (Mrs. Rubio does not work and the couple file joint tax returns.)

Rubio reported raising more than $228,000 for that committee over 18 months, but he failed to disclose $34,000 in expenses as required by state law.

In four elections between 2000 and 2006, Rubio faced only token opposition. Yet he still spent nearly $670,000 in campaign funds for political consulting, television advertising and other expenses, including meals, travel and, in one case, $1,485 to the company leasing him a Jeep Cherokee. Rubio’s campaign said it was justified because he drove it all over his district.

A second political committee created by Rubio in late 2003, Floridians for Conservative Leadership in Government, was to “educate the public about conservative leadership in government.” The committee raised more than $386,000, much of it going to Rubio’s political strategists and consultants.

Other expenses included $14,000 incorrectly listed as “courier services” that were in fact payments to Rubio’s relatives who he said were helping with the committee’s political activities.

In 2005, Rubio had access to a new source of campaign money: state GOP credit cards. He charged more than $100,000 from November 2006 to November 2008, much of it for travel expenses and meals.

Rubio has insisted that the vast majority of those charges were for GOP business, and he directly paid off any personal expenses, though after a St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald report, Rubio agreed to pay the party $2,400 for plane tickets he said he mistakenly double-billed.

He has refused to release his party credit card records from 2005 and 2006.

Rubio is adamant his use of the political committees and credit cards is above board and has denied reports that the IRS has opened an inquiry, part of a widening look at Republican lawmakers who had credit cards.

Rubio’s years as House speaker were referred to as “Camelot” by a group of admirers and fellow lawmakers (including Rivera) who called themselves his “12 Disciples.” And Rubio rewarded their loyalty with donor-funded trips (including to his lavish family reunion in Georgia — paid for on the party American Express card) and with hefty salaries, like the $175,000 a year earned by his top aide, Richard Corcoran.

He also paved the way to opportunity.

A former aide, Amber Stoner, traveled frequently with Rubio in and out of state (and on his Republican Party credit card) as the person Rubio put in charge of his 100 ideas” agenda — the laundry list of proposals to improve the state and country that paved the way for Rubio’s reputation with conservatives as an idea man.

 

A golden path, and troubled assets

Throughout his career, Rubio’s path seemed to be paved with party gold. But Rubio has seemed always to struggle with his personal finances. Despite receiving a $69,000 post at Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center in 2008, and a lucrative job at the law firm Broad & Cassell, which paid him $1.2 million over four years but where it wasn’t clear Rubio ever saw any clients, and a gig as a Univision on-air political analyst, Rubio listed his net worth at just $8,300 in 2010; he says due mostly to student loans.

Rubio has recently faced questions over his curious use of donor money, spending huge sums on his party American Express card and not submitting a bill payment for a six-month stretch during Jim Greer’s controversial tenure as party chair (Greer is currently under indictment for grand theft.) This summer, a former supporter, GOP consultant Chris Ingram, alleged Rubio used his party Amex to pay for $4,000 kitchen remodel in his house. The campaign shot back that Ingram is simply a disgruntled non-hire, but they never took Ingram up on his offer to take a lie detector test. And this month, TRR discovered that Rubio spent $1,500 in U.S. Senate campaign funds on his sister-in-law’s school charity. Some have called it a pattern of behavior that fiscally-minded voters ought to find troubling.

According to the St. Pete Times:

When Rubio joined the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, he did not own a home, had few possessions and made $72,000 as a lawyer.

But he had $30,000 in “assorted credit and retail debt” (as described on his financial disclosure form) and in 2001 listed $165,000 in loans from the University of Florida and University of Miami Law School.

As Rubio climbed the ranks, he began to use little-noticed political committees to fund his travel and other expenses and later had a Republican Party of Florida credit card.

What emerged, records show, is a pattern of blending personal and political spending. Over and over again Rubio proved sloppy, at best, in complying with disclosure requirements.

Virtually broke, the 31-year-old lawmaker began campaigning to be House speaker in 2003 and created a political committee — Floridians for Conservative Leadership — to help elect other Republican candidates and curry their support.

With his wife serving as treasurer, Rubio did not wait for the state to authorize the committee before accepting campaign donations.

The committee listed its address as Rubio’s home, a modest place he and his wife bought in West Miami in 2002, but reported spending nearly $85,000 in office and operating costs and $65,000 for administrative costs.

Over 18 months, nearly $90,000 went for political consultants, $51,000 went for credit card payments and $4,000 went to other candidates. That’s less than the $5,700 that went to his wife, Jeanette, much of it for “gas and meals.” (Mrs. Rubio does not work and the couple file joint tax returns.)

Rubio reported raising more than $228,000 for that committee over 18 months, but he failed to disclose $34,000 in expenses as required by state law.

In four elections between 2000 and 2006, Rubio faced only token opposition. Yet he still spent nearly $670,000 in campaign funds for political consulting, television advertising and other expenses, including meals, travel and, in one case, $1,485 to the company leasing him a Jeep Cherokee. Rubio’s campaign said it was justified because he drove it all over his district.

A second political committee created by Rubio in late 2003, Floridians for Conservative Leadership in Government, was to “educate the public about conservative leadership in government.” The committee raised more than $386,000, much of it going to Rubio’s political strategists and consultants.

Other expenses included $14,000 incorrectly listed as “courier services” that were in fact payments to Rubio’s relatives who he said were helping with the committee’s political activities.

In 2005, Rubio had access to a new source of campaign money: state GOP credit cards. He charged more than $100,000 from November 2006 to November 2008, much of it for travel expenses and meals.

Rubio has insisted that the vast majority of those charges were for GOP business, and he directly paid off any personal expenses, though after a St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald report, Rubio agreed to pay the party $2,400 for plane tickets he said he mistakenly double-billed.

He has refused to release his party credit card records from 2005 and 2006.

Rubio is adamant his use of the political committees and credit cards is above board and has denied reports that the IRS has opened an inquiry, part of a widening look at Republican lawmakers who had credit cards.

Rubio’s years as House speaker were referred to as “Camelot” by a group of admirers and fellow lawmakers (including Rivera) who called themselves his “12 Disciples.” And Rubio rewarded their loyalty with donor-funded trips (including to his lavish family reunion in Georgia — paid for on the party American Express card) and with hefty salaries, like the $175,000 a year earned by his top aide, Richard Corcoran.

He also paved the way to opportunity.

Who is this Amber Stoner?

Why would Rubio have a healthcare lobbyist’s travel on his credit charges? And why do the two of them seem to show up in the same place (some resort towns) the same day or within a day or two of each other? Can Rubio explain why she travels for him? With him?

Amber Stoner  Director of Public Affairs at HCA Healthcare

Amber Stoner  Principle HCA Healthcare 2009

Amber Stoner  Principle HCA Healthcare (Withdrawal Date: 10/20/2010)

A former aide, Amber Stoner, traveled frequently with Rubio in and out of state (and on his Republican Party credit card) as the person Rubio put in charge of his “100 ideas” agenda — the laundry list of proposals to improve the state and country that paved the way for Rubio’s reputation with conservatives as an idea man.

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  • 2007-05-11 Columbia, SC US Airways (Columbia/Charlotte/Tallahassee)

  • 2007-05-15 Atlanta Delta (Tallahassee/Atlanta/Philadelphia)

  • 2007-05-20 Tallahassee Delta (Unused – credit)

  • 2007-05-27 N/A Delta (Tallahassee/Orlando)

  • 2007-05-27 Tallahassee Continental (Tallahassee/Tampa)

  • 2007-05-27 Tallahassee Delta (Orlando/Tallahassee)

  • 2007-05-29 Tallahassee Continental (Tallahassee/Tampa)

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Stoner is still listed as one of the administrators of the “100 ideas” Facebook page, along with Rubio and his wife Jeanette.

Here’s a list of dubious financial moves by Rubio, compiled by the Herald-Tribune’s Anderson:

Arranging a $135,000 home credit line in 2006 from a bank controlled by political supporters who valued his home at 25 percent above the purchase price a month after the sale closed.

Rubio never made more than $96,000 as a lawyer. The year after becoming speaker of the House for the 2007 and 2008 sessions he secured a job making $300,000 per year at the politically connected state wide firm of Broad & Cassel.

Rubio went in with David Rivera on the purchase of a $135,000 home in Tallahassee. The house slipped into foreclosure briefly this year after the two men failed to pay the mortgage for five months. They immediately came up with $9,524 to make the foreclosure filing go away.

By the end of 2005, Rubio had three home mortgages, a home equity line of credit, a car loan and more than $150,000 in student loans -- a total debt load of $1,025,444.58. That same year, the Republican Party of Florida gave Rubio a credit card to use at his discretion. In 2007 and 2008, Rubio charged nearly $100,000 on his Republican Party credit card, mostly on personal expenses.

Rubio admitted that he double-billed the Republican Party and the state of Florida for airplane tickets. He repaid the party $2,400 for the tickets after media reports.

Another questionable Rubio deal arose in May 2007, when he sold his first home to Nora Cereceda. At the time of the sale, Cereceda's son -- chiropractor Mark Cereceda, who runs a chain of clinics -- was aggressively lobbying Rubio over a state insurance issue. Nora Cereceda paid $380,000 cash for the house, a $205,000 profit for Rubio at a time when the market had begun to drop. The sale price was comparable to other sales at the time, but the home value has since dropped in half, to $215,403, according to the county property appraiser's website. Shortly after Dr. Cereceda's mother purchased the home, Rubio removed the House's block on the insurance provision and voted for it himself. The legislation extended the state mandate that drivers purchase $10,000 worth of personal injury insurance. Many of Dr. Cereceda's customers are injured drivers who pay with insurance.

Questions about whether Rubio's political position helped him financially came up again in 2008, when a term-limited Rubio was leaving the Legislature and was planning his next move. Florida International University announced Rubio had been hired to teach political science classes and to do research part time for $69,000 per year. The job was never publicly advertised. That year, the university cut 23 degree programs and 200 jobs. Another 200 jobs were cut the following year.

Questions about whether Rubio's political position helped him financially came up again in 2008, when a term-limited Rubio was leaving the Legislature and was planning his next move. Florida International University announced Rubio had been hired to teach political science classes and to do research part time for $69,000 per year. The job was never publicly advertised. That year, the university cut 23 degree programs and 200 jobs. Another 200 jobs were cut the following year.

 

Resources

 Marco Rubio, Tea Party pretty boy

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-07-22/news/marco-rubio-tea-party-pretty-boy/

 

Immigration issue draws lobbyists — and their money

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/08/immigration-legislation-lobbying/1755461/

 

Immigration lobbies spent $1.5 billion since 2007

 http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/26/immigration-lobbies-spent-1-5-billion-since-2007/ 

 

Watchdog Groups Ask I.R.S. to Investigate Crossroads GPS

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/crossroads-gp/

 

The Apprentice: Jeb Bush, the man behind Marco Rubio

http://blog.reidreport.com/2010/10/jeb-bush-marco-rubio-mentor/

 

Marco Rubio's meteoric rise in Florida politics

http://tbtpics.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/marco-rubios-meteoric-rise-in-florida-politics/1127114

 

Rubio hires immigration lawyer who imports workers for companies

http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/21/rubio-hires-democratic-lawyer-to-help-write-immigration-bill/

 

Marco Rubio and his ‘Twelve Disciples’

http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/23/marco-rubio-and-his-twelve-disciples/

 

Restraint Message Belies Rubio's Financial Woes

http://www.theledger.com/article/20100918/NEWS/9185023/1286?p=all&tc=pgall&tc=ar

 

American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS

http://factcheck.org/2011/09/american-crossroadscrossroads-gps/

 

Lavish party spending extends to Rubio's former chief of staff

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/lavish-party-spending-extends-to-rubios-former-chief-of-staff/1081973

 

Marco Rubio, lord of the Taj Mahal?

http://blog.reidreport.com/2010/08/marco-rubio-lord-of-the-taj-mahal/comment-page-1/

 

Records show Marco Rubio spent thousands with GOP credit card

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/records-show-marco-rubio-spent-thousands-with-gop-credit-card/1075692

http://blog.reidreport.com/2010/08/marco-rubio-lord-of-the-taj-mahal/

 

The Corcoran files: Marco Rubio and the ’12 disciples’ partied like rock stars on donors’ dime

http://blog.reidreport.com/2010/03/marco-rubio-and-the-12-disciples-partied-like-rock-stars-on-donors-dime/

Marco Rubio's Personal Finances Don't Match His Rhetoric

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/marco-rubio-finances_n_2678744.html?ref=topbar

  

Marco Rubio Research Report

http://www.scribd.com/doc/99535157/American-Bridge-Rubio-Book

 

The Rise of Marco Rubio 

The Rise of Marco Rubio - The Book

 

Steering America Toward Titanic Calamity:

The Schumer-Rubio Amnesty & Special Interests Benefit Act

http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2013/04/steering-america-toward-titanic-calamity-the-schumer-rubio-amnesty-special-interests-benefit-act-2624210.html

Immigration bill to bring in at least 33 million people, says group

http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/26/anti-immigration-group-immigration-bill-to-bring-in-at-least-33-million-people/#ixzz2RqxovdpX

 

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Cardenas